Definitions for Lurchlɜrtʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. an act or instance of swaying abruptly.

  2. a sudden tip or roll to one side, as of a ship.

  3. an awkward, swaying or staggering motion or gait.

  4. (v.i.)(of a ship) to roll or pitch suddenly.

  5. to stagger or sway.

Origin of lurch:




  1. a situation at the close of various games in which the loser scores nothing or is far behind the opponent.

Idioms for lurch:

  1. leave in the lurch,to desert when help is needed most.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of lurch:

1525–35; < MF lourche a game, n. use of lourche (adj.) discomfited < Gmc; cf. MHG lurz left (hand), OE belyrtan to deceive


  1. Archaic. to defraud; cheat.

  2. Obs. to steal; filch.

  3. (v.i.)Brit. Dial. to lurk near a place.

    Category: British

  4. (n.)Archaic. a state of watchfulness.

Origin of lurch:

1375–1425; late ME lorchen, appar. var. of lurken to lurk

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lurch, stumble, stagger(noun)

    an unsteady uneven gait

  2. lurch(noun)

    a decisive defeat in a game (especially in cribbage)

  3. lurch, pitch, pitching(noun)

    abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance)

    "the pitching and tossing was quite exciting"

  4. lurch, lunge(verb)

    the act of moving forward suddenly

  5. stagger, reel, keel, lurch, swag, careen(verb)

    walk as if unable to control one's movements

    "The drunken man staggered into the room"

  6. lurch, pitch, shift(verb)

    move abruptly

    "The ship suddenly lurched to the left"

  7. lurch(verb)

    move slowly and unsteadily

    "The truck lurched down the road"

  8. prowl, lurch(verb)

    loiter about, with no apparent aim

  9. lurch, skunk(verb)

    defeat by a lurch

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. lurch(verb)ɜrtʃ

    to move suddenly in a uncontrolled way

    The ship suddenly lurched to the left.


  1. lurch(Noun)

    A sudden or unsteady movement.

  2. lurch(Verb)

    To make such a sudden, unsteady movement.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lurch(verb)

    to swallow or eat greedily; to devour; hence, to swallow up

  2. Lurch(noun)

    an old game played with dice and counters; a variety of the game of tables

  3. Lurch(noun)

    a double score in cribbage for the winner when his adversary has been left in the lurch

  4. Lurch(verb)

    to leave in the lurch; to cheat

  5. Lurch(verb)

    to steal; to rob

  6. Lurch(noun)

    a sudden roll of a ship to one side, as in heavy weather; hence, a swaying or staggering movement to one side, as that by a drunken man. Fig.: A sudden and capricious inclination of the mind

  7. Lurch(verb)

    to roll or sway suddenly to one side, as a ship or a drunken man

  8. Lurch(verb)

    to withdraw to one side, or to a private place; to lurk

  9. Lurch(verb)

    to dodge; to shift; to play tricks


  1. LURCH

    LURCH is a tool for software design debugging that uses a nondeterministic algorithm to quickly explore the reachable states of a software model. By performing a partial and random search, LURCH looks for faults in the model and reports the pathways leading to the faults.

Anagrams of Lurch

  1. Churl

Translations for Lurch

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


such a movement

The train gave a lurch and started off.

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